Best Bass Lakes of 2012: Clear Lake

Clear Lake, California

Lake County Marketing Program
Clear Lake is No. 10 on Bassmaster Magazine's list of 100 Best Bass Lakes.

Until Falcon Lake was brought center stage by the Bassmaster Elite Series pros in 2008, Clear Lake owned all the heavyweight B.A.S.S. records. Steve Kennedy set a four-day weight record in 2007 on this 43,785-acre natural lake with 122 pounds, 14 ounces. Skeet Reese brought in 117-6 and Greg Guiterrez landed 108-1 during the same event. Although the Elite Series anglers didn’t break the 100-pound mark in 2010 when they visited, Byron Velvick scared triple digits by winning with 98-6. And according to the California Department of Fish and Game, catch rates on this lake are still the highest in the state.

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